Düsseldorf, Germany, 13 September 2016 – Latest success for diesel-electric Terex® Gottwald Model 2 harbour cranes: Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order from the British port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) for two G HMK 2204 mobile harbour cranes in the 2-rope variant.
In October 2016, ABP will commence operation with the new cargo handling cranes, which will replace older quayside equipment, in the southern English Port of Southampton. There the two cranes will primarily unload arriving fruit pallets at two berths. As usual, the new machines for Southampton are equipped with a diesel generator for on-board power generation. In addition, the rotary lead-through between the crane chassis and superstructure is already being prepared for use of alternative power from the port’s own electricity supply, whereby the energy efficiency of the cranes increases and exhaust emissions can be eliminated from the terminal.
Versatile in application at several berths in the port
The new mobile harbour cranes for Southampton have a maximum lifting capacity of 63 t, an outreach of up to 40 m and a maximum lifting speed of 100 m/min. In addition to the usual propping base of 11.5 m x 11 m, they also have a further base reduced to 11.5 m x 8.9 m with which they can also be operated on a particularly narrow quay. Gary Brown, Engineering Manager, ABP: “In addition to fruit pallets, our new cranes will also handle general cargo and containers at other landing stages. Here we benefit from the mobility of the machines, which can be moved quickly and easily throughout the entire port. With the G HMK 2204 cranes, we will also diversify our business and increase our handling possibilities and capacities over the long term.”
New chapter in the business relationship which started in 2006
Neil Griffiths, Sales & Service Director UK and Ireland, TPS, is delighted with the new chapter in this business relationship which started with ABP Southampton a decade ago: “Between 2006 and 2010, we supplied five mobile harbour cranes of our crane generations 4 and 5 to Southampton. The fact that ABP has now opted for Model 2 cranes in the next step also shows that we have the right product strategy. TPS is continuing to develop its mobile harbour crane technology and is guided by the changing requirements of its customers. Here we also pay particular attention to service, which, as part of the overall package, played a major role in the award of this contract by ABP.” The order from ABP Southampton is the second success for Terex Gottwald harbour cranes in the UK within a very short period. In April this year, ABP also ordered two Model 8 portal harbour cranes in the G HSK 8424 B four-rope grab variant for its terminal located in Immingham on the Humber estuary.
Demand for model 2 mobile harbour crane type variety
The order from ABP is continuing the success story of the Model 2 harbour crane. Here the most recent orders show that the market has embraced the variety of types of this first member of the small crane family from TPS. Andreas Moeller, Sales Director Harbour Cranes TPS: “A G HRK 2204 rubber-tyred portal harbour crane has been handling containers in the Netherlands since last fall, and from the end of 2016, a G HSK 2224 rail-mounted portal harbour crane with motor grab will unload imported coal for a power plant operator in Argentina.”